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What does a Joomla devel­oper do?

What is a Joomla developer?A Joomla developer’s main role is to set up and main­tain the tech­ni­cal side of the Joomla con­tent man­age­ment system.

The con­tent man­age­ment sys­tem con­sists of sev­eral thou­sand files that work and inter­link with each other on the server.

Each time some­one puts a URL into the search bar the files will inter­act with each other and pass each other bits of required information.

Our first job is to install the con­tent man­age­ment sys­tem onto the server by upload­ing all of the files. Our next job is to con­nect the files to a SQL data­base which also resides on the folder. The data­base will then pass data to any file request­ing it.

Once that is com­plete we have a fully work­ing con­tent man­age­ment sys­tem with the basic tem­plate that comes with Joomla.

The first job tends to be chang­ing the tem­plate which will alter the look of the front page when your users visit. Tem­plates can con­sist of hun­dreds of files con­tain­ing thou­sands of lines of code depend­ing on the complexity.

Some of my clients have gone down the cost sav­ing route of pur­chas­ing a ready made tem­plate and giv­ing me the task of re-​branding it to their com­pany fonts and colours and mak­ing minor css adjust­ments. Other clients have pre­sented me with a pho­to­shop ver­sion of the design so we can con­vert it so they get the exact look they want.

After the tem­plate is set up, the menu struc­ture requires cre­at­ing. This is usu­ally planned out on a wire frame which is a piece of soft­ware that will help you plan the nav­i­ga­tion of the web­site by cre­at­ing a bare bones ver­sion that you can click around.

Next up is to install the mod­ules. Mod­ules usu­ally sit at the side, above or below the main page con­tent and can be used to dis­play plain text, a dona­tions form or some­thing as com­plex as live share data or this com­ing week’s weather. Mod­ules are linked to menu items so for each page you click on, you can assign dif­fer­ent modules.

Finally you may want some func­tion­al­ity to the web­site to make it more inter­ac­tive to your users or to per­form a cer­tain task so we set up com­po­nents. Exam­ples of com­po­nents could be an inter­ac­tive direc­tory, a page that dis­plays real estate prop­erty, a col­lec­tion of videos or a form that you input data or sign up to a service.

Com­po­nents can be straight for­ward or take a lot of time to set up and con­fig­ure depend­ing on the com­plex­ity of the tasks it must perform.

Joomla has thou­sands of com­po­nents and mod­ules to choose from, many of them open­source, there­fore free to use.

After all the main tasks are com­plete we move onto secur­ing your web­site against ne’er-do-well types and search engine opti­miza­tion to rocket your site up the ranks of Google which I will talk about soon!

Blog Posts

Joomla 3.5 is here
Wednes­day, 23 March 2016
Thumbnail A mail dropped into my inbox this morn­ing inform­ing me that Joomla have released ver­sion 3.5. Amongst other new fea­tures, Joomla 3.5 sup­ports PHP7 which speeds the site up sig­nif­i­cantly. I have upgraded…
Joomla Bugs and Fixes
Mon­day, 30 Decem­ber 2013
Thumbnail I am post­ing this blog arti­cle to cat­a­logue bugs encoun­tered dur­ing Joomla builds to both help myself refer back to them if ever the bug rears it’s head and to help out any­one who is hav­ing prob­lems with…
Joomla and work­ing with design agen­cies
Mon­day, 02 Sep­tem­ber 2013
Thumbnail I have worked with sev­eral design agen­cies over the last cou­ple of years. Agen­cies some­times con­tact me because their client wants a new design and have decided that they want to con­tinue using…
What does a Joomla devel­oper do?
Sun­day, 01 Sep­tem­ber 2013
Thumbnail A Joomla developer’s main role is to set up and main­tain the tech­ni­cal side of the Joomla con­tent man­age­ment sys­tem. The con­tent man­age­ment sys­tem con­sists of sev­eral thou­sand files that work and…
Thumbnail I started using Joomla when ver­sion 1.5 was released way back in 2008. I had a mix of work that took in the pre­vi­ous ver­sion, 1.0 and the newer ver­sion, 1.5. There was never an easy upgrade path…
Thumbnail The com­par­i­son can hardly be objec­tive in gen­eral, since both plat­forms are dif­fer­ent. Each of them excels in its niche and has cer­tain down­sides. We have found a handy chart to help you com­pare the two…
The his­tory of Joomla
Thurs­day, 29 August 2013
Thumbnail Joomla is writ­ten in PHP, uses object-​oriented pro­gram­ming (OOP) tech­niques (since ver­sion 1.5) and soft­ware design pat­terns, stores data in a MySQL or (since ver­sion 2.5) MS SQL data­base, and…
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